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    Beyond the Boundary: What Should be the Memory Span of a Cricket Fan?

    Being a cricket fan these days is almost too good to be true. We have access to multiple forms of media, whether its online forums, analysis on television, or social media outlets. The action on the field is becoming faster and more innovative with tweaks to the rules and the Twenty20 format of the game. The cricket available for us to watch has even spoiled us to a point to where there is essentially no break in the international calendar. It has become the standard now for each bilateral series to extend across Tests, One Day Internationals, and Twenty20 Internationals. As a fan, however, where do you draw the line between these formats? Does one simply wipe the slate clean and start afresh with the change in number of overs?

    There is no example that is more appropriate than the current tour of South Africa by the Pakistan national cricket team. They arrived to face the Proteas and whether you want to blame lack of preparation, inferior talent, or injuries, they failed to impress. Fans were left with a 0-3 whitewash in front of them as the players switched out of the whites. “Here come the T20Is and ODIs!” the commercials started telling us. As a fan, what do you carry over now? Do you throw everything you just viewed out the window and convince yourself that the change in format will bring a corresponding change in format? Even if it does, what are you left reflecting with when the tour is over? Is the 0-3 whitewash in the rear-view window as you celebrate your team holding up a limited overs trophy?

    Does your opinion on the ability of certain players change as you seem them show up re-energized in colored clothing? Case in point, we watched Pakistan Test vice-captain Mohammad Hafeez score a paltry 43 runs in six test innings. Along come the T20Is, in which his previous three scores are 42, 61, and 55. As always, there will be two arguments. One cricket fan can argue that he is out of form and is not able to adjust to South African conditions as was evident on the tour so far. Another can point to the latter scores mentioned and defend his place in the T20I team at least. The result? After scoring 43 runs in six test innings, Hafeez doubled that total with 86 in yesterday’s T20I. Looking at the other side of the ball, and the leader of Pakistan’s pace attack, Umar Gul disappointed many with his showing in the test series with 5 wickets in the two matches he played. When it comes to T20Is, however, there aren’t many that have put up better performances in the past than the ones they call “Guldozer”. If you’re a fan, do you judge the fast bowler on the form he has shown on the current tour and prefer to field a new face such as Wahab Riaz? If you did and you allowed your memory be too short, you would have missed out on eye-boggling figures of 5-6 by Gul.

    Not recognizing that the different formats each require their own skill sets can be disastrous. If your memory span as a cricket fan isn’t exactly right, you could end up picking players for limited overs based on their test performances or worse, dropping players in the shorter formats based on the same reason, not taking into account the records they’ve broken or matches they’ve won you in the past. This twist to the game has brought out headaches for selectors and coaches, but luckily for fans, we can sit back, kick our feet up and simply watch the action, regardless of format.

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    Excellent piece

    Fans have different ways of looking at series

    Not long ago, there was a lot of chest beating when we lost to England in the ODI and T20 series - regardless of the fact that we won 3-0 in Tests.


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    Personally I take the 3 formats as separate entities, or at least, treat Tests completely separately to the other two.

    Good point about the memory span though. It has been evident in the past that our selectors have picked/dropped players for one format based on their performances in another.



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    Good write up!


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    most new kiddy fans couldnt care less about the test format. Most of these bacah loag are brought up on English premeir league football, bad tv and movies and sound bites. Henc etheir attention spans normally last a few minutes at best. As a result for them ODI and T20's are where its at. Tests a re just a bunch of bhudda's keeping their places, doing tuk tuk all day and not slamming sixes. At the same time these bhudday are keeping 19 year old slam bam cricketers away from this form of cricket.

    Personally I dont rate the opinion of many of these so called "fans" and just enjoy their nonsensical statements for example "Mark my words so and so will do so and so" or the best one is when they say things like "its an undeniable fact x yz etc " and then try to prove they are right when clearly their talking bunkum most of the time.


    For me Test cricket is the pinnacle, everything else is mere entertainment. ODI's are good too but T20 is just a bit of WWE. Everything should be geared towards the Test game.

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    In 2005 Australia won the ODI series in England. What series do people remember?

    In 2006/07, England actually won the ODI series in Australia. What do people remember?

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    England also beat us in the ODIs in UAE after we whitewashed them. Even they don't care.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Convict View Post
    In 2005 Australia won the ODI series in England. What series do people remember?

    In 2006/07, England actually won the ODI series in Australia. What do people remember?
    2005 test
    2007 odi


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    Quote Originally Posted by RehanG View Post
    2005 test
    2007 odi
    Lol

    I'd try to forget 5-0 as well

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    Beyond the Boundary: What Should be the Memory Span of a Cricket Fan?

    Quote Originally Posted by Convict View Post
    In 2005 Australia won the ODI series in England. What series do people remember?

    In 2006/07, England actually won the ODI series in Australia. What do people remember?
    I think the Natwest tri series in 2005 ended in a 1-1 draw of best of 3 finals I think because one was a tie.
    Last edited by Kwremb; 4th March 2013 at 13:11.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kwremb View Post
    I think the Natwest tri series in 2005 ended in a 1-1 draw of best of 3 finals I think because one was a tie.
    There was another bilateral series after that I'm pretty sure.

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    No offense, but Pakistani fans especially have a memory of a goldfish. For instance, in any other country a bloke who has effectively been shown up to be a failure time and again in Kamran Akmal would have been disposed off and never looked at again, but even in this forum you get guys continually campaigning for his inclusion and lo and behold, he makes it into the squad.

    Ditto Afridi - on what basis did he make the South Africa ODIs? , Sohail Tanvir, and so on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varun View Post
    No offense, but Pakistani fans especially have a memory of a goldfish. For instance, in any other country a bloke who has effectively been shown up to be a failure time and again in Kamran Akmal would have been disposed off and never looked at again, but even in this forum you get guys continually campaigning for his inclusion and lo and behold, he makes it into the squad.

    Ditto Afridi - on what basis did he make the South Africa ODIs? , Sohail Tanvir, and so on.
    Not sure what Pakistan fans have to do with the selection of Kamran Akmal or even Shahid Afridi for that matter.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SOSami View Post
    Not sure what Pakistan fans have to do with the selection of Kamran Akmal or even Shahid Afridi for that matter.
    Because the thread title deals with 'fans', and the mentality of an average cricket fan of any nation is not too different from the higher ups in the cricketing set-up's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varun View Post
    Because the thread title deals with 'fans', and the mentality of an average cricket fan of any nation is not too different from the higher ups in the cricketing set-up's.
    agree. its amazing how accurate this theory is. Soon as the test series was over we heard the usual suspects bleating like sheep. Its also the reason no hopers like Malik keep getting picked. A weird perception thing or maybe its just collective bromance?

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    Re: Beyond the Boundary: What Should be the Memory Span of a Cricket Fan?

    This is why t20 and ODIs should only be an entree to the Test matches.

    So the lasting impact from a series is the Test result. Simple.


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